Brett James Hayward
From Christchurch Press story 1st March 2006
A man jailed for subjecting two young girls to sustained sexual abuse claimed he did not think he was hurting them. Brett James Hayward, 33, a computer worker, was sentenced to six years jail by Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen Erber, who said there was clear and considerable evidence the girls had been mentally scarred by the abuse. "The victim's mother had herself been the victim of sexual abuse as a child. She feels a sense of failure towards her children, her self esteem has been significantly damaged and her life has been turned upside down" the judge said. "The long-term effect on the children, one of whom has behavioural problems, is unknown but will not be anything less than substantial." Hayward had waited until the last working day before his trial was due to start before pleading guilty to three charges of indecent assault, two of inducing an indecent act, and two of sexual violation. All charges related to girls under 12. The judge said the abuse included showing the girls pornography.
"The probation officer's report observes that you ... did not think you were hurting them and they did not say 'no' to you" he added. "The probation officer is concerned that when you were interviewed there seemed to be a lack of remorse but observed nonetheless that you were motivated towards treatment". Stephen Harbrow, defendeing, said Hayward now feels remorseful and ashamed of his conduct and had lost everything he worked for. Judge Erber noted it was not surprising Hayward's partner had left him and he had also lost his job, but said this was a bad case of it's kind. "Of particular seriousness is the fact that while one was being abused, the other was present and there was, as it were, the double grief of having to sustain the abuse herself and watching the other being abused at the same time," he added. "There was premeditation and the effect on your victims has been considerable." The only mitigating features were the guilty pleas, albeit almost at the last minute, and Hayward's lack of previous convictions. He sentenced Hayward to six years with a minimum parole period of three years and six months.
Brett James Millar
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Indecent assault (x4) on two Christchurch girls under 12, plus indecent acts (x2) on the same girls and sexual violation by unlawful connection (x2), all were representative of offending over five years from 2000 until December 2005
At large in an unconfirmed location
Sentenced to 6 years with a 3 year 6 month non-parole period in February 2006
Released at "sentence end date" February 2012
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